Friday, August 01, 2003


Attended my first ever Oracle Developer Days session yesterday at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead. The session and the nourishments were free, which meant a whole day of fun and good free food (personal note: three Häagen Dasz chocolate bars are bad bad bad!). There were five presentations followed by a series of matching labs, with timely snack, lunch and bathroom breaks. Very useful and a lot of fun.

The highlight of the day was being able to preview the upcoming release of JDeveloper (9.0.5). This new release is worth most of the wait. The current release ( was a good step forward but has a lot of annoying features (bugs) and sorely lacks several useful developer-friendly features that made me miss Eclipse. Here's a list of what I could uncover:

* Auto-popups to add imports (one of the cool features in Eclipse)

* A set of options to configure Javadoc comments, code structure and error markup (did they integrate Jalopy or try to supersede it?)

* Improved diagramming options with support for UML activity, sequence and use case diagrams

* Thumbnail view for UML modelling

* Wizards for profiling software metrics

* Templates to customize the IDE on an application-to-application basis

* Support for deployment to Tomcat and JBoss

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